.... storage device is not a capacitor, but is often incorrectly
referred to as one. They are also quoting a figure of 40 years as
the potential of the circuits....
Call it what they may, all we need to do is look at the numbers on
the ‘device’, call any one of a variety of different watch material
supply houses and recieve it in a matter of a few days or less- in a
Citizen brand package. If the Ecos were not meant for opening in ‘the
field’ then they should have made them more difficult to open than
using a standard adjustable watchcase opening wrench. Car dealers and
manufacturers also have enjoyed this scenario for yrs as well, but
there are plenty of people out there that acquire the appropriate
equipment in ‘the field’ and manage to do quality work at
considerable savings to the consumer. And way faster!
And once you are inside the watch, it is gasketed no differently
than any other W/R watch out there on the market. It uses a standard
black rubber O ring, placed in a uniformly cut seat. No reason for it
to be any more W/R than any other brand. Contrary to popular belief,
gaskets usually dont go bad as a result of opening the watch, but
rather as a result of chemical attack from everyday wear and tear.
Although we do see a rather large number of sliced gaskets in watches
from the ‘watchmakers’ at Wally World and other stores w/o real
watchmakers. Besides the W/R of the back, it also becomes less W/R
around the stem and crown and should also have the gasket, and or
crown replaced periodically or else the watch will begin to leak.
About every 3-5 yrs for good W/R.
As far as talking to company reps, Seiko use to make sure they had
reps at watch maker guild meetings, to keep telling us that plastic
gears were good- as they made the changeover from metal to
plastic-and yes, Citizen uses them too. Just the same, we were still
finding a fair amount of shredded plastic thruout the stepping
motors on all brands of quartz mvmnts, regardless of how ‘good’ the
reps were telling us. To this day, the single most common problem
with all quartz movements is jammed stepping motors, as a result of
contamination via internal and external sources such as dust, water,
hairs, fibers, etc… even a dead bug on a time or two. Ihave
opened a watch that were supposedly W/R to 200 meters(suitable for
lite to medium duty diving) and was able to tell the guy what color
of paint he had been using recently(blue incidentally) Without
gasket replacement periodically the problem is a guarantee.
The second most common problem with all quartz movements is bad
electronics- circuit boards, coils, etc, as a result of moisture
entering the watch thru the back, or the crown, in addition to broken
crystals( which are also readily available from Citizen thru any
watch material supply house by using the caseback number to order)-
and does not need to be sent in to the mfg for such service.
...I'd appreciate any real-world insight you have on this.
And if bad charging cycles are a result of operater error on such a
consistent basis, then the product doesnt suite average wearing
patterns very well. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that
attempting to change peoples behavior and watch wearing patterns is
quite fruitless. I’ve warned and guided people for the last 35 yrs
on how to avoid trips to the jeweler/ watchmaker (me) for repairs,
and so far, hardly a one has listened. If people ever change, I’ll be
out of business, and currently theres no end in sight. All I do is
capitalize on remedying problems that people could have handled
themselves thru changing their behavior, but dont. And just like the
people out there who receive income from battery replacement, there
are also those out there who receive income from making and selling